The lights went out on the famed Las Vegas Strip, the worldwide death toll topped 8,000 and stocks were poised for another hit Wednesday as the coronavirus tightened its grip on the globe.
The U.S. death toll reached 114, and America’s sense of normal continued to evolve. President Donald Trump’s promise of financial assistance did provide hope to the potentially millions of workers facing layoffs and furloughs.
“For the people that are now out of work because of the important and necessary containment policies, for instance the shutting down of hotels, bars and restaurants, money will soon be coming to you,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.
Kansas became the first state to announce that schools would remain closed for in-person teaching for the rest of the school year. Nevada’s governor ordered the statewide shutdown of all casinos and other nonessential businesses starting Wednesday.
There were more than 6,490 confirmed cases in the U.S. as of early Wednesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. One week ago, the U.S. death toll had climbed to 33, the number of U.S. cases rolled past 1,300 and federal health officials said the virus has spread to at least 38 states.
Worldwide, the virus has killed nearly 8,000 people, with more than 200,000 infections reported. A week ago the death toll had reached 4,600.